Fire OS is a solid operating system if all you need is the ability to consume Amazon content in various forms, but it just doesn't cut it for the nerdier stuff we pickier types get off on. In some ways, it's a shame, because Amazon puts out solid hardware at affordable prices. On the other hand, there's the option to wipe the slate clean, so to speak, and flash something more exciting onto the tablet.

Before this can happen, though, custom ROM developers need to bring their offerings over to each particular model, and before that can happen, Amazon needs to release enough code for them to work with. Fortunately, the company has now released the open source kernel files for its new Kindle Fire HD 6 and 7.

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The kernel files are available for download from Amazon's customer service area along with the company's other devices (except for the Fire TV, which is provided elsewhere for some reason). This code comes to us just as the Kindle Fire HD 6 and 7 are coming to market, so with any luck, buyers won't have too long to wait before they're able to have a bit of unconventional fun with their devices.

Amazon Kindle Fire kernel source files